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The Sentient Fire (The Seven Signs #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In one short night, Dormael Harlun’s life was changed forever.

Tired and half drunk, Dormael stumbled upon Shawna Llewan, a beautiful young woman, wounded and near death. What he didn’t realize was that his decision to come to her aid would be only the beginning of his unwitting role in a labyrinthine and perilous game.

Suddenly, Dormael and Shawna find themselves surrounded
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Published (first published November 19th 2011)
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Ray Briggs
I found this to be an exciting book to read. The author introduced a magic system that was believable and did not stretch the bounds of reality beyond the acceptable. The character development was interesting and continued throughout the book so that new information was timely and lead to further developments in the story line.

There is one complaint about the book that will be taken care of over time. The sequel is not available so that I can continue the story. There are some series of books th
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An impressive fantasy debut.

"The Briton in me would say: "Not bad for a fantasy debut novel. It is worth to take in consideration to read the next book in the series"

The German in me would say: "You get a lot of well executed content for your money. That is a true epic fantasy book."

The fantasy lover in me would say: "I found a gem before a publisher discovered it. A great debut. I can't wait to read the next book in the series."

Read my full review over at Edi's B
This review is going to be hard to write, without giving away any spoilers. I just don't want to give it all away for you guys!

Let's start by saying this book is long. I am used to reading books that are roughly 350 odd pages. This was double that. Yet I never felt it dragging on! Instead of cramming information in, or leaving it out, D.W. Hawkins has just simply made the book long, and it works.

The character's were wonderfully written and you are able to relate to them. The heroes aren't perfec
Richly imagined with meticulously developed theories of magic, history, myth, geography, politics and more, D.W. Hawkins’ The Sentient Fire is the first in a series of epic fantasy novels. But it stands alone as a well-drawn, well-finished novel in its own right. The level of detail can be overwhelming at times, but well-plotted history and geography are nicely fed into discussions between strangers (fast becoming friends) on a long and dangerous journey. The scenery switches between frozen wast ...more
Let me start by saying, this book is nearly 800 pages, so be warned, it is not a quick read, but believe me, it is worth it. The characters are engaging and human. They are not depicted as perfect, which makes it easier to connect with them and find them believable. One of my biggest pet peeves with reading any novel is when an author creates a character that is so far out of the realm of reality that there is no way a normal, average person like me can connect with them, as they have no flaws, ...more
3 1/2 stars. It took me forever to finish this because I had so many other things going on and it was so long. I'll start with the good. I thought the characters were engaging. I liked how Dormael went from being a roving bachelor type to someone more mature. I thought Shawna was a good, strong female character who also retained her femininity. D'Jinn and Allen were both good supporting characters. The bad guys were very sinister which is how they should be. I began to dread reading the parts ab ...more
The book is loooooooong. I have to skip many paragraphs just to finish it. I find that even without following the story doggedly, I still get the gist. This book could use major culling. Maybe 30-40% can be scrapped without affecting the story line of this not-bad attempt of an epic which weaves it's own brand of magic and supernatural. It's important to note at this point that this tale leaves a blazing trail of blood and gore, so beware.

There's a load of new & unfamiliar information to tak
First of all, I didn't realize how long this book is. Generally speaking, I like long books. I love long series too. However, at this point I am just getting more and more frustrated. While the author is descriptive and explains a lot, it doesn't justify the length of things. On top of that there is a lot of repetitiveness (mostly gestures and phrases - seriously how many times do I need to be reminded Bethany is a child?!).

I do wish you got a closer look at characters (Dormeal, D'Jenn, Shawna,
It is refreshing to see a magic system explained, rather than be perpetually wondering exactly why things happen the way they do. Although initially it seemed like there might be too much explanation, that feeling wore of quickly, leading to a fairly well established narrative.

I feel that I am also left a bit optimistic after reading The Sentient Fire. Most of my recent fantasy reads have been "gritty", in which almost nothing goes right for the main characters. The Sentient Fire has none of tha
I absolutely loved this book. I got a free copy for my kindle and liked it so much I bought the paper version. I read an average of 300-350 pages a day and the fact that it took me three days to finish this book is wonderful. The characters were not only felt "real" but also maintained a believable development throughout the story. I can't wait for more!
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Shelves: did-not-finish
Long, drawn-out repetitive sequences, characters repeating what they said a few moments earlier, descriptions of characters repeated each time the character appears in the story. Writer has a good plotline, needs an editor/proofreader badly!
Betty Jo Pritchett
May 19, 2013 Betty Jo Pritchett marked it as never-finished
Not sure why I couldn't finished this book. Maybe some day I will. The characters and plot are great. I think it's just moving too slow for me. And I can't quite connect with any one of the characters.
A true epic fantasy. I enjoyed reading this book very much. Writing style reminded me of Terry Brooks. I will definitely look forward to reading more from this author.
The book was very well written. It was very lomg thogh and could easily have been broken down into seperate books.
good becoming to an epic tale. slow at times but a rewarding read overall
A great read. Look forward to reading the next books in the series.
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D.W. Hawkins grew up in rural Georgia. He developed a love for reading at a young age and carried that through college, then into the Army. He served for nine years and saw three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He published his first book, The Sentient Fire, after his last deployment. He currently resides in Arizona, and you can find him working on his next book, riding his Harley, or playing ...more
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